In the last days of the USSR, the nation was changing incredibly fast. People were starving, but they were also joyfully rebelling against their crumbling government. Communism was slowly eroding into nationalism. These moving photographs capture the moments heralded the end of the Soviet Union.
Hundreds of people line up around the restaurant on its opening day – pictured above.
Photos are made by Peter Turnley, one of the best photojournalists ever.
A woman reaches for the last milk available in a state store in central Moscow
Muscovites are waiting in line for bread outside a state-owned bakery.
The flag of the Soviet Union and the flag of the Russian Republic fly side by side over the Kremlin in Moscow, 21 Dec 1991
The Soviet flag came down on New Years Eve, and never to fly over again.
(via News In Photo)